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Signs of spring popping up

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) --  All around signs of winter, "Snow and water and dirty ice," are slowly being replaced by signs of spring.

"Grass! See? See it! Look!"

In Rochester, even flowers were found on Friday. On the southeast side, flowers were not just popping up, but in bloom!

Naturalist and Teacher at Quarry Hill Kirk Payne says, "What a difference a year makes. Last year we had no snow on the ground at this point and we had some trees experience damage last spring when they budded and flowered early and then we had freezing conditions that followed."

You may not be so fortunate as to have flowers popping up and blooming in your yard but you don't have to go very far to find melting.

Payne says, "It wasn't too many weeks ago everybody wanted more snow, more snow. The snow lovers were anxious to still ski and snowshoe and snowmobile. Then we get to a point where we don't want more snow."

There are no guarantees when it comes to weather making the early days of spring a pleasant surprise.

Laura Rice says, "Most kids aren't in the parks yet but I was hoping to find kids and here everybody was so that's good."

Snowshoes to be replaced with rain boots.

Payne says, "We're still getting a lot of people out to the park but the conditions are sloppy. The trails are icy and slushy. The skiing for the most part has stopped. There are a few diehard folks still coming to play in the melting snow but for the most part the winter sports are over."

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